Indicator Profile of Diesel Particulate Matter in Outdoor Air

Why Is This Important?

Diesel engines emit a complex mixture of air pollutants, including both particles and gases. Diesel particulate matter includes soot, metallic abrasion particles, sulfates, and silicates.

Because of their small size, inhaled particles may penetrate deep into the lungs. Exposures have been linked to symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea, coughing, difficulty in breathing, and irritation of the eyes , nose and throat. Prolonged exposures can lead to heart disease, lung disease, and lung cancer. It has been estimated that hundreds of New Jerseyans die or suffer respiratory illnesses every year from harmful diesel particulate matter.

Diesel Particulate Concentrations in Outdoor Air, by New Jersey County, NATA 2005

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Data Notes

Data Source: National-scale Air Toxics Assessment (NATA), 2005 and NJDEP Division of Air Quality 

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Mean of modeled annual average diesel particulate matter concentration for census tracts in a county, 2005

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Modeled mean diesel particulate matter concentration in micrograms per cubic meter
Denominator: N/A

Page Content Updated On 05/16/12, Published on 05/17/12
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